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About Us

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RCA has over 40 years of combined experience in the Retail Credit and Payments Industry-leading large cross-functional teams with global footprints.


This experience includes P&L leadership of over 30 Co-Brand and Private Label brand-name clients, for large Franchise ($10B+ ANR) Portfolios to smaller Corporate and Dealer portfolios across over a dozen industries.


We have a vast network of individuals and teams at major issuers, Retailers, Data Analytic groups, and second-look providers.
Read more about our leadership team below.

Our Team

Wale Cole

He was most recently the Chief Decision Management Officer (CDMO) for the $4 billion Specialty Partner Group of Portfolios. He was responsible for acquisition & existing cardmember strategy and portfolio pricing. Specialty partners consists of 25 clients across multiple verticals. E.g. Shell, ExxonMobil, Brooks Brothers, Tractor Supply, Sunoco, Goodyear & American Airlines. Prior to that he was Head of Analytics for the $9B Best Buy Card relationship and previously led the centralized pricing team for all of Citi Retail Services $43B portfolios.​

Wale Cole has over 25 years of experience in consumer credit, data analytics & advisory services, and is now the Principal for Carmel Advisory LLC. He is a visionary leader with extensive P&L experience and a strategic thought leader with a proven track record of delivering key revenue-generating initiatives, portfolio analytics, marketing spends optimization & managing strategic partner relationships.​​

 

Prior to starting Retail Credit Advisors alongside Phil, he was a Director of Decision Management within Citi Retail services, the Division of Citi’s North American Consumer Business that provides consumer & commercial credit card products, services, and point of sale solutions to retailers across the U.S.​

Prior to joining Citi, Wale worked in Finance within the Credit business of Sears, Roebuck & Co as well as at Norwest Financial and KeyBank USA.​ In these companies, he held a variety of roles spanning Business & Portfolio analytics. Wale holds a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, and an MBA from the Sawyer School of Management, Suffolk University in Boston, MA.​

WALE COLE

Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder

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PHIL VAYNSHTEYN

Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder

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The Branded Cards unit is comprised of their Proprietary Co-Branded Citi Cards such as Double Cash and Premier, as well as the American Airlines and Costco Co-Branded Cards.​

He was also the portfolio finance lead for the Specialty Partners Group (SPG) of portfolios within Citi Retail Services, closely managing the financial performance for $4B of credit card receivables.  SPG includes 25+ clients across multiple verticals, with name-brand companies such as American Airlines, Brooks Brothers, Costco, ExxonMobil, Ford, Goodyear, Office Depot, Staples, and Tractor Supply.​

Before joining Citi, Phil spent time as a financial analyst in the Travel and Financial Services sectors, while obtaining his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, with a minor in Mathematics, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.​

Phil Vaynshteyn has over 15 years of diverse Finance experience spanning the consumer credit, retail, and travel sectors and he is now the Owner of Quiver Consulting LLC. He is a proven leader who uses his portfolio CFO experience to bring a collaborative, balanced, and thoughtful approach to solving business challenges from a financial perspective, with customer focus always at the forefront.​

Prior to starting Retail Credit Advisors alongside Wale, Phil worked for Citigroup, in a variety of Finance roles within the consumer lending space.  In his most recent role, Phil was the Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) for their Branded Cards business unit, managing $85B of receivables that generated over $9B in annual revenues.

 
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Unrivaled Retail Credit and Payment Expertise

We Can Help You Navigate the Ever-Changing World of
How Retailers Deliver Credit Products to Loyal Customers

$1B

DELIVERED IN INCREMENTAL PROFITS THROUGH RETAIL ANALYTICS

40+

YEARS OF COMBINED GLOBAL EXPERIENCE IN THE RETAIL CREDIT & PAYMENTS INDUSTRY